XFX takes to Reddit to tease a custom Radeon RX Vega card

AMD launched its Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in the middle of August after a protracted buildup. Two-and-a-half months later, reference cards from various manufacturers are just beginning to remain in retailer inventory long enough for casual shoppers to pick them up. The only custom model we've seen thus far is a Strix card that Asus teased that's yet to see a retail release.

XFX took to reddit yesterday to tease a couple photos of a rather unusual-looking Radeon RX Vega custom design with an abbreviated PCB and a long cooler. The PCIe power connectors appear to be attached to the end of the circuit board, but at about the mid-point of the card taken as a whole.

The XFX card has a pair of large red fans pushing air through a shroud with a carbon-fiber look. The I/O plate appears to follow the reference Vega playbook of three DisplayPorts and an HDMI connector. The PCB appears to be just a bit longer than a PCIe x16 slot, a design choice likely made easier by the all-inclusive nature of Vega's packaging of the GPU and the memory on an interposer. The back of the card is protected by a backplate printed with the XFX and Vega logos.

The graphics chip is covered with a large cooler with copper heatpipes and an aluminum fin array that extends far past the end of the PCB. The eight- and six-pin PCIe power connectors suggest a card TDP of under 300 W. Those power connectors appear to be attached near the edge of the PCB, but the extended cooler means the connectors are near its midpoint.

XFX didn't offer any further information pricing, availability, or clock speeds of the GPU and the HBM2 memory. We hope the company will offer both Radeon RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64 versions, though.

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    • rUmX
    • 2 years ago

    Looks like a really short PCB aka Nano style with an oversized cooler. Explains why the power connectors are where they are.

    • Welch
    • 2 years ago

    What’s with these manufacturers doing all of this “teasing”. It seems way to sensual for a GPU.

    • USAFTW
    • 2 years ago

    That’s an unfortunately retarded position for a power connector. They should have taken a page out of Nvidia’s book and their solution for the 1060 FE.

    • deruberhanyok
    • 2 years ago

    They’ve used a similar design on some Polaris cards. It’s a bit odd looking I agree but it seems to work well enough.

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    The “blow through” designs like this make perfect sense (as long as you’re still properly cooling the on-board components like VRAM and VRM). It’s pretty obvious that if you remove the air wall from behind the heatsink that your cooling efficiency should increase.

      • cynan
      • 2 years ago

      I kind of think it’s mostly for aesthetics. Any properly designed high TDP cooler with a bit of clearance between the heat sink and the card surface would be more or less equivalent in providing sufficiently unrestricted air flow. I suppose this allows maintaining more optimal cooling with a slightly lower profile/or a thicker heat sink on the side with the cut out.

        • DPete27
        • 2 years ago

        Given that the heatpipes run length-wise on this card, yet the shroud height is similar to cards with heatpipes running vertically, it would seem they’re really stuffing a lot of fin surface area in there.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    XFX: When your graphics card absolutely must not be rectangular.

      • Mr Bill
      • 2 years ago

      Bacteriophage; must inject graphics protocol…

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